Venom: Dark Origin #3

Writer: Zeb Wells Artist: Angel Medina Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 1, 2008 Critic Reviews: 2
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  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ariel Carmona Jr./David Wallace Sep 30, 2008

    This miniseries has surprised me for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I was expecting a more drastic retooling of Venom's story - and instead Wells has stuck quite closely to the established origin story, making only minor cosmetic changes to Eddie's journey from disgraced journalist to all-out super-villain. Secondly, it has reminded me why so many people were hooked by Venom's early Marvel appearances, as despite the character falling into a rut soon afterwards, his core concept is a pretty strong one. Ultimately, this series doesn't add a huge amount to Venom as a character - and those readers who don't have the same attachment to Venom that I do can deduct at least half a bullet from my rating - but this is a solid story, well told, with more than passable writing and artwork, and deserves a certain amount of credit for that. Read Full Review

  • 4.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 1, 2008

    And while the art is flat out offensive, the story is just more plain rehash of a not-so-terribly interesting story. Zeb Wells needed to do something to make readers sympathize with Brock. That never once happened in the past three issues. Brock's feud with Spider-Man is poorly defined, so that the reader is forced to identify with his girlfriend when she calls it into question. Dark Origin seems to operate under the impression that you'll ignore all these glaring faults because it's a story about Venom. That certainly doesn't work on me, and I'd like to think the number of readers it does work on has dwindled in the last decade. Read Full Review

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